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                === No. 1 Alabama dominates Western Kentucky ===
 
 Tuscaloosa,  AL (Sports  Network) - A.J. McCarron had four touchdown passes as
 No. 1 Alabama had no problems in a 35-0 win over Western Kentucky.
 
 McCarron  was 14-for-19  with 219  yards,  while Kevin  Norwood and  Christion
 Jones  each caught two  scores for the Crimson Tide (2-0), who were coming off
 a rout of Michigan that moved them into the top spot in the nation.
 
 Kawaun  Jakes went  20-for-31 with  178  yards, but  was picked  off once  and
 fumbled  once  for the  Hilltoppers (1-1),  who defeated  Austin Peay in their
 opener last Saturday.
 
 'Bama  started the game  with the ball and needed less than two minutes to get
 into  the end zone  as the 4-play, 72-yard drive was capped on a 14-yard catch
 by Jones.
 
 Western  Kentucky fumbled  on its ensuing possession, but the Tide were unable
 to take advantage and had to punt.
 
 However,  another fumble from the Hilltoppers saw the Tide get the ball at the
 WKU  33 and  McCarron took advantage on the  next play as he hit Norwood for a
 score and a 14-0 lead with six minutes to play in the first.
 
 After an exchange of punts, the fumbles continued to plague the Hilltoppers as
 Jakes lost the ball when he was sacked and the Tide took over at their own 32.
 
 The  seven-play drive  was finished on a  22-yard catch in the right corner of
 the  end zone by Jones. He had bobbled the ball before going out of bounds and
 a replay upheld the on-field call, giving the team a 21-0 lead with just under
 seven minutes to play in the first half.
 
 "We  didn't give up  big plays, which is really important and makes it hard to
 score,"  said Alabama head coach Nick Saban. "I was pleased with being able to
 get  a shutout. I  think the turnovers were huge in that. I don't know what we
 had,  three fumbles  and an interception, which is usually something that they
 don't do."
 
 Jakes  was picked off by Deion Belue shortly after the second half kickoff and
 Alabama  needed just two  plays to get in the end zone as McCarron and Norwood
 hooked up on a 12-yard score for a 28-0 lead.
 
 "At  the end  of the  day, that's  what it  all boils  down to,"  said Western
 Kentucky head coach Willie Taggart. "We came into this game with two goals, to
 play  good defense by  stopping runs and to not turn the ball over, and we did
 the complete opposite of what we wanted to do."
 
 Kenyan Drake's 32-yard score with under two minutes to play in the game capped
 the scoring.
 
 Western Kentucky managed to get past midfield on just two drives in the game.
 
                                   Game Notes
 
 These  two teams met  just once prior to Saturday, with Alabama posting a 41-7
 decision  in Tuscaloosa  in  2008 ...  Alabama had  328  yards, while  Western
 Kentucky managed just 224 ... The Hilltoppers turned the ball over four times,
 while  the  Tide had  zero turnovers ...  Alabama opens SEC  play next week in
 Arkansas.
 
 
 
 09/08 21:45:29 ET

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